2016 Legislative Endorsements: Education Candidates for Arizona
Stand Arizona does not take the endorsement of political candidates lightly. In fact, our influence in elections is often the factor that most definitively differentiates us from other education advocacy groups.
We start with a detailed and well-crafted survey that we send out to all candidates. It asks them a series of questions about their thoughts on education policy and priorities. One question this year asked specifically about Arizona’s literacy rates. Currently, 60% of all Arizona school children can’t read. We wanted to know what aspiring legislators plan to do about that.
Once the surveys are filled out, our trained and organized parents review them. Sometimes, they may request a follow-up interview with the candidate to clarify their positions.
Once the surveys are scored, both by our parents and by hand-picked education professionals, we prepare our list of endorsements.
You will notice that our list this year is very diverse, both in political party and in candidate background. What side of the aisle you are on makes little difference to us. We pick candidates who put children first and who have ideas, drive, and ambition to actually get things done.
Senator David Bradley, District 10
Senator Catherine Miranda, District 27
Representative Kate Brophy McGee, District 28
Representative Eric Meyer, District 28
Senator Robert Meza, District 30
Representative Thomas “T.J.” Shope, District 8
David Cook, District 8
Representative Heather Carter, District 15
Representative Douglas Coleman, District 16
Representative Bob Robson, District 18
Representative Ken Clark, District 24
Michelle Udall, District 25
Representative Reginald Bolding Jr., District 27
Representative Rebecca Rios, District 27
Mary Hamway, District 28
Maria Syms, District 28
Cesar Chavez, District 29
Tony Navarrete, District 30